List of Vice Presidents by State 2 2022

Alabama

William R. King is the only vice president from the state of Alabama.

California

The west coast state of California has produced two vice presidents: Richard Nixon and current VP Kamala Harris.

Delaware

Current president Joe Biden hails from the colonial state of Delaware.

Illinois

23rd VP and Adlai Stevenson I and 30th VP Charles G. Dawes both come from Illinois.

Indiana

The midwestern state of Indiana has produced six vice preisdents over the years: 17th VP Schuyler Colfax (who was a member of the now-defucnt Whig Party), 16th VP Thomas Hendricks, 26h VP Charles W. Fairbanks, 28th VP Thomas R. Marshall, 44th and still-living former VP Dan Quayle, and the most previous VP, Mike Pence.

Iowa

Henry A. Wallace is the only VP from Iowa, who served president FDR.

Kansas

Republican and 31st VP Charles Curtis is the only VP from the state of Kansas.

Kentucky

Kentucky was the homestate for three vice presidents: 9th VP Richard M. Johnson of the now-divided Democratic-Republican party, 14th and fairly young VP John C. Breckinridge and 35th VP Alben W. Barkley.

Maine

Hannibal Hamlin was the first Republican VP and worked with Abraham Lincoln, making him the 15th VP.

Maryland

Republican Spiro Agnew is the only VP from Delaware's neighbor, Maryland.

Massachusetts

The New England state of MA was home to four VPs, two of whom went on to be president later in life: John Adams, Elbridge Gerry, Henry Wilson, Calvin Coolidge.

Michigan

Michigan native, VP, and later president, Gerald Ford worked under Nixon, and was only in power for two years before losing re-election.

Minnesota

38th VP Hubert Humphrey and recently-decease 42nd VP Walter Mondale came from the state of Minnesota.

Missouri

VP-turned-33rd president Harry S. Truman is the only vice president from Missouri.

New Jersey

Garret Hobart worked under President McKinley and served as the 34th VP.

New York

The home of many aspects of American politics, New York has produced more vice presidents than any other state: Aaron Burr, George Clinton, Daniel D. Tompkins, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, William A. Wheeler, Chester A. Arthur, Levi P. Morton, Theodore Roosevelt, and James S. Sherman.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania serves as the homestate for two vice presidents: Nelson Rockefeller, an.d George M. Dallas

South Carolina

The only Carolina to be home to a vice president, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina was VP in the early 1800s under presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.

Tennessee

Another VP-turned-president, Andrew Johnson came from the state of Tennessee, along with VP and early 2000s presidential candidate Al Gore.

Texas

The southern state of Texas was home to three VPs, two of whom went on to take the presidency: John Nance Garner, Lyndon B. Johnson, and George H. W. Bush

Virginia

3rd president Thomas Jefferson and 10th president John Tyler both served as vice presidents before becoming president.

Wyoming

Dick Cheney is the only vice president from the alphabetically final state of Wyoming.

Why Some States Produce more Vice Presidents than Others

While New York may be the most populous state due to New York City, it does raise some questions when looking at the analysis of where Vice Presidents and their Presidential counterparts came from. Currently, the data would not make sense as New York and Indiana are not battleground states, and they do not provide any beneficial pairing if the person themselves is of good standing. In this case, it may be easy to start pondering whether the list of elected candidates should be more evenly spread out. The answer lies in successful pairings of political strategies. For example, Trump (New York) and Pence (Indiana) in 2016 were true to an old traditional strategy of winning over the votes.

This was a common practice used from the end of the Civil War until WW1. New York and Indiana were considered the two key states that swung to either side of the bipartisan election. Most of the time, if the presidential election is won in these two states, they will be elected to the Presidency. Ballots containing this pairing in the past were extremely common. After WW1, this practice became much more uncommon, as the states of the union became well known for their political leanings. New York and Indiana were slowly becoming less and less important as swing states, as higher metropolitan areas would most commonly vote for a Democratic government. Although the pairing is obsolete, the Trump/Pence combination demonstrates that the pairing is still as effective today.

Are Pairings Still Useful Today?

There are many things that go into an election campaign strategy. The fundamentals of the President and Vice-President do not change, but it is rather a matter of how they are presented to the people. It is not enough that they are the best choice for the job if the people are not aware of what they can do to change the nation. This may mean that employing certain governors and other candidates from different states may match the skills that the President may have, or even need. For example, if a particular state is swinging extremely closely to one choice or another, the Vice President from that state (provided they did a good job) will sometimes be the tipping point that gets them elected.

However, modern times have changed the public perspective of their electoral candidates. A voter is less likely to vote for someone they do not perceive to be a good, moral person. A voter will often not vote for someone if they appear to be untrustworthy, even if they are aligned in goals, mission statement, or even home state bias. This often changes the public relations aspect of the campaign to suit a more modernized view of the world.

List of Vice Presidents by State 2 2022